Alameda

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BART is shutting down transbay service this weekend to perform work on its tracks. So how will you get around?

Alameda's planners are seeking permission to make changes that they say would make it cheaper and easier for local homeowners to construct improvements.

The Planning Board will consider the proposed changes tonight.

A tie-breaking vote brought an end to an extended school board meeting Wednesday evening where Gray Harris was selected for and sworn in to the Alameda Board of Education to fill the empty seat of Nielsen Tam, who died of leukemia on May 24.

A former school board member and a onetime president of the local teachers' union are among the five people seeking appointment to the Alameda Board of Education.

Board members will consider candidates for the vacancy left by the passing of Nielsen Tam at a public meeting to be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Island High School. Each candidate will have 20 minutes to make their pitch for the appointment and to take questions from school board members; a candidate will need votes from three of the four board members to win the seat.

The last time the Alameda Housing Authority debuted an affordable housing project specifically for seniors, George Bush was president — George H.W. Bush. Independence Village at Webster Street and Atlantic Avenue opened in 1991.

“To develop affordable senior units is extremely financially challenging,” authority Executive Director Vanessa Cooper said in a written statement. Even though plans the former Del Monte warehouse will add just 31 housing units for low-income seniors to the city’s stock, they represent an important opportunity, she said.

In 1866, the Western Pacific ran out of money after completing the first 20 miles of track. This forced the railroad to halt construction east of Vallejo Mills in the middle of the desolate canyon along Alameda Creek. The following year, the Central Pacific decided that the route from Sacramento though San Jose to San Francisco was too long. The railroad found it more expeditious to instead run trains to Oakland and then use ferry boats to carry passengers to San Francisco.

This 1867 decision enhanced the role ferries would play in shuttling commuters around the Bay Area.

Things have been relatively quiet lately in the battle over the Harbor Bay Club. In the last year, there have been no hearings or votes taken on the proposal to move the Bay Farm Island athletic club to a new site near the Harbor Bay Business Park.

But behind the scenes, proponents and opponents have been hard at work solidifying support, refining their messages and contacting city officials in anticipation of when the development plan comes before the Planning Board.

The Alameda Education Foundation and a list of other local nonprofits have kicked off their annual Equipped 4 Success backpack and school supply donation drive.

On the corner of Santa Clara Avenue and Fifth Street sits a little deli that’s easy to miss, but its sandwiches — stuffed with a generous serving of meat on a wonderfully fragrant choice of breads — are hard to forget. Just take a step inside this classic corner eatery, and you’ll see why Santoro’s Italian Market & Deli is a neighborhood gem.

Harbor seals who now chill out on a crumbling dock off Alameda Point got some good news at the City Council's regular meeting Tuesday night: A project to build a new resting spot for the marine mammals is moving ahead.

The seals now use a derelict dock anchored in San Francisco Bay off Alameda Point as a “haul out” or platform to rest in between foraging for fish and other aquatic prey. But their current site is in the path of a planned maintenance and fueling site for public ferries operated by Water Emergency Transportation Agency. Up to 12 boats serving commuters on various bay routes could be accommodated at the facility.